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Power Macintosh 8500
Power Macintosh 8500 150.jpg
Release date August 8, 1995
Introductory price 3999
Discontinued February 17, 1997
Operating system Mac OS 7.5.2-7.6.1, 8.0-8.6, 9.0-9.1
CPU PowerPC 604 or PowerPC 604e @ 120,132,150,180 MHz
Memory 16 MiB, expandable to 512 MiB (Apple), 1024 MiB (actual), (70 ns 168-pin FPM or EDO DIMM)

The Power Macintosh 8500 (the 120 MHz model is also known as Power Macintosh 8515 in Europe and Japan) was a high-end Macintosh personal computer designed, manufactured and sold by Apple Computer from 1995 until 1997. Billed as a high-end graphics computer, the Power Macintosh 8500 was also the first Macintosh to ship with a replaceable daughtercard. Though slower than the 132 MHz Power Macintosh 9500, it featured several audio and video (S-Video and composite video) in/out ports not found in the 9500.

As with the other models in the x500 series, the 8500 underwent several "speed bump" modifications during its production. It originally shipped with a 120 MHz PowerPC 604 CPU, later with the same chip running at 150 MHz, and finally with a PowerPC 604e running at 180 MHz. It was succeeded by the Power Macintosh 8600 in February 1997.

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